The gift-giving holidays are almost here. The stores, online catalogs and media are all trying to get you to spend your money – but what does a young child really need or want?
If you want to know the truth – not much! Paper and crayons or markers, some clay or play dough, safety scissors, glue, picture books – and you, of course!
On Friday, I usually review a picture book, but this is a great time of year to check out some of the top picture books of 2014 (all are on the American Library Association’s Notable Books list)…you might want to pick up a couple to put under the tree. I reviewed two of them this year – if you click the links, you’ll also find the craft activity instructions that accompanied each post.
A Big Guy Took My Ball written and illustrated by Mo Willems
Ball written and illustrated by Mary Sullivan
Bully written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Count the Monkeys written by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Kevin Cornell
Exclamation Mark written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild written and illustrated by Peter Brown
Nino Wrestles the World written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales Continue reading